Shane Hankins, the COO of Reboot, came to Chapel at Bethel University last Friday to promote the National of Day of Unplugging which he helped to create. Many Bethel students are connecting with this movement to unplug.
By Brianna Shaw and Alayna Hoy
Electronic devices create a nearly constant stream of bombardments consisting of text message, email, push notification and news update. Shane Hankins, the COO of Reboot, and his colleagues dreamed up a day where all of these digital distractions cease to exist. Hankins spoke at Bethel’s Chapel last Friday about their upcoming National Day of Unplugging, and why Bethel should get involved.
“43 percent of Americans never unplug, including when they sleep.”
“43 percent of Americans never unplug, including when they sleep,” Hankins said. “What we’re saying is not that you should never use technology, but that we need to be more mindful about its use and also create spaces and times when you are not connected to those digital things.”
Reboot is a nonprofit movement with a mission to help people modernize, adapt and implement traditional Jewish beliefs and practices in an enriching way. According to Hankins, “The National Day of Unplugging developed as sort of a marketing hook for our Sabbath manifesto. We were incredibly surprised by its level of success.”
Several design students were approached by design professor Jessie Henderson to help run tables in the Brushaber Commons to raise awareness, distribute stickers and sell T-shirts in preparation for the National Day of Unplugging at Bethel.
“We’re encouraging people to unplug for the whole day” design student Jackie Minke said. If that’s something students can’t commit to, they are encouraged to schedule a time to disconnect from their devices for an hour or two.
“It will help you notice things around you more, instead of just staring at your phone.”
“I think the second you step away from [technology], you’ll realize how much it’s taking over your life,” Minke said. “It will make you speak more face-to-face with people instead of relying on text and email and it will help you notice things around you more, instead of just staring at your phone.”
Bethel students will be encouraged to participate in the National Day of Unplugging on Friday, March 3 by mindfully disconnecting from their electronic devices.